Avignonesi Toscana Grifi, a red wine from Tuscany, Italy.

Avignonesi Toscana Grifi 2018

Red Wine
Italy | Region: Tuscany
Vintage: 2016 | Grape: Sangiovese & Cabernet Sauvignon
Volume: 75cl | ABV: 14%
Food Pairing: Beef, lamb, veal, cured meat.

Avignonesi Toscana Grifi

This risk-rewarding wine is for bullish producers only. In fact in 2014, Grifi was not produced due to adverse climate conditions. An incredible blend where Sangiovese’s freshness perfectly merges with the Cabernet Sauvignon’s backbone. Another fine example of a great blend for ageing.

2016 Vintage

The balanced weather conditions of this vintage, characterised by the right amount of all the elements, enabled to make powerful, yet elegant wines. A mild and relatively dry winter was overthrown by a cold and wet spring. Summer was warm and sunny, which compensated for the wet and cold spring. A cold September with Nordic winds allowed for the grapes to reach perfect maturity. 

Tasting Notes

The assembly of two tardive varieties during a balanced Tuscan vintage gives a fresh, joyous character to this wine. On the nose, the wine reveals notes of blueberries, blackberries, incense and cocoa 90%. With hints of pepper and oyster shell, on the palate, it unfolds as a balsamic and apricot explosion. Fresh and sapid, it has a great persistency. 

Grape variety: 50% Sangiovese & 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Harvest: The Sangiovese was picked on September 29th, the Cabernet Sauvignon was picked on October 4th and 7th.

Vinification: Separate fermentation for the two varieties in stainless steel tanks with the use of indigenous yeasts. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration on the skins lasted up to 30 days, depending on the wine lots. The malolactic fermentation was completed in French barriques (225 litres).

Ageing: 20 months in large Slavonian oak casks and used oak barrels (500 ltr) for the Sangiovese; 20 months in French oak barrels (500 ltr) and barriques (225 ltr) for the Cabernet Sauvignon.


2016: 94 pts Suckling | 91 pts Veronelli
2015: 90 pts Wine Spectator | 92 pts Suckling | 92 pts Veronelli | 93 pts Vinous
92 pts Wine Enthusiast
2013: 92 pts Suckling | 90 pts Decanter